This game is probably what we’re going to see a lot this year. The offense racked up yards and points. The defense struggled. The overall team played well enough to be right there at the end, but also made enough mistakes to lose. And that’s what happened.
There isn’t one person to blame for the loss. It was a team effort. STs, defense and the offense all had things go wrong that hurt the team.
The defense gave up 539 yards. That’s not good. The front seven didn’t get enough pressure. The secondary didn’t cover well. There were some blown tackles that led to extra yards. There were some missed assignments. The coaches did a poor job. They blitzed up the middle over and over, with virtually no success.
Let’s also give the Chargers some credit. Philip Rivers was terrific today. He did a great job of reading the defense before the snap and then getting the ball to the open guy. Their coaches had an excellent plan and attacked the defense, creating favorable matchups that they took advantage of.
My biggest frustration is with the guys up front. They didn’t hit Rivers nearly enough. He’s a pocket passer and you know right where he’ll be. I’m curious to watch the tape and see how backup players did. Was Brandon Graham used enough? Did the backup DL do anything?
Maybe the biggest revelation from today is just how good DeSean Jackson can be. He was 9-193-1. One TD was called back. He had another play where he just couldn’t get hold of a pass from Vick that was out in front of him. Early on Vick made a poor throw that was too close to the sideline and that led to an incompletion. DeSean could have easily had 250 yards today. He also did a good job as a blocker from what I could tell.
At the end of the year we may look back at this game as an entertaining loss or we may see it as the game that cost us a playoff spot or a higher seed.
Tough loss, but there was a lot that the coaches can build on as well as correct.